All SNSF research publications to become freely available as of 2020;  *Frontiers forms open access publishing agreement with Cardiff University;  *Mapping the future of academic libraries;   *Texas University Libraries Renovate to Keep Student Interest;  *Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive New Home for Decades of Award-Winning TV Commercials…;  *New Report/Data on Academic Libraries, Graduation Rates, Outcome Measures, Student Financial Aid, Admissions in United States (2015-2016);  and *AAUP is now the Association of University Presses plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to KnowledgeSpeak “as of 2020, all research publications produced by SNSF-funded projects will be freely available in digital format. Based on the decision by the National Research Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) will expect all publications to be available free of charge as of 2020 as Open Access is quickly becoming the accepted standard in science…”


KnowledgeSpeak also notes that ” Cardiff University and Frontiers have formed an open access agreement. The Cardiff University Library Service supports its authors in publishing research articles in both Green and Gold Open Access. Under the terms of this agreement, Cardiff University-affiliated corresponding authors will benefit from a 15% discount on article-processing charges (APCs) when publishing in any of Frontiers’ open access journals, irrespective of what fund covers the APC…”


SCONUL has published its new report “Mapping the future of academic lIbraries” commissioned from the University of Sheffield Information School.

The report highlights a number of challenges and opportunities for SCONUL members, including the development of AI and machine learning, datafied scholarship and the on-going challenges of blurred boundaries between the library and the rest of the institutions and the development as library as a service…”

The report and its implications were discussed at a conference at Goodenough College on 8th December.  A presentation of the main findings of the research can be found here.


Citing the Houston Chronicle  infoDOCKET reports that”…Campuses across the state (Texas) are pouring money into renovating libraries, adding study rooms, café-like booths and, yes, exercise machines so students can multi-task while studying.

Librarians have shuttled books off-site as circulation has dropped, opening up floor space for clubs to gather or for makerspace centers to build electronics or use a 3D printer…”


Also according to infoDOCKET” thanks to the recent acquisition of a complete and well-documented archive, the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive is the new home for tens of thousands of television commercials competing for the former Clio Awards in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

infoDOCKET also notes the availability of a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics. “These data were released as part of a new First Look report that includes information on Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2016; and Financial Statistics and Academic Libraries, FY 2016…”

Direct to Full Text Report 3 pages; PDF.


In addition, KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has announced a name change to the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), effective immediately.

The membership of the Association voted in June to undertake this change, as part of a strategic assessment of the organisation’s identity, mission, and goals. The new logo and visual identity that were revealed are vibrant expressions of the Association’s purpose and vision…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources